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Hello Tumblrtopia.. This months challenge is SMOKE!

In getting a photograph ready for this challenge, I went to YouTube to watch some videos on the subject, and the thing that came out of that.. NOTHING.. Seems every video I watched they had a list of things you needed, things I didn’t have(external flash and remote). Being a “wing it” kind of person I set out to find a way to shoot it.. Thomas Edison once said, “  I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”, OK,  so I didn’t try that many times, but I did fail a few times.. SO, here is what you need.. Something that gives off constant smoke, like incense, and light.. In my image, I lit it from underneath (the glass was sitting on my phone with the torch on) and another phone lit it from the side (back-lit from the kitchen window), I also used a shirt as a backdrop.. My partner did help me too, he was in charge of putting the smoke in the glass and blowing on said smoke to stir it up.. I shot this at ISO 800(needed more light), F5 at 1/200 secs because i wanted the sharpness in the smoke, you could slow your shutter to get softer silky smoke..

This challenge is a bit more challenging, but Stephi and i have no doubt you guys will come up with some amazing and interesting images using your own imagination and methods!! So, please remember to use abstract challenge as one of your first 5 tags, or you can submit your photos to the blog directly, you can also tag Stephi @stephiramona and myself.. all things to help us find your photos!

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I can’t decide if a Fallout set in Wyoming or Montana or something would be cool or not. ‘Cause like, they wouldn’t have been nuked personally, so the setting would probably be a little less radioactive 200 years on, and thus more liveable

But on the other hand, it’s Wyoming and there wouldn’t be much to see or do

anonymous asked:

i'm kind of curious what you mean exactly by 'dramatized' in regards to xephos?

Ahh, gosh, I’m not sure. Like, I don’t particularly enjoy when all Xephos is seen as is some hardass strict-ruled angst machine… He’s got several emotions and settings per person he’s with, and even then it depends on the setting he’s in, or even how he’s feeling!

This is the same guy that awkwardly flirts with any guy he teams up with for longer than a few days, who sounds audibly stressed when he’s lying (outside of Yoglabs), who has his arguably funniest moments when ragequitting a task, and who gets angry when he can’t solve something and only expresses how he feels when he’s sorry…

I’m probably getting into headcanon territory at this point, but y’all gotta understand it when I say that there’s more to Xephos than just anger and angst.

anonymous asked:

Would you rather someone considered you a horrible person, or an average person (setting aside that if they considered you horrible it would probably be a result of their having some very questionable viewpoints)

I dislike both, but from my (admittedly skewed) perspective being considered average is easily the worse of the two.  I want to always be seen as utterly superlative in every way, except when it’s to my benefit to not be seen that way, but I’m actually quite used to people thinking I’m horrible.  It mostly just registers as irritating background noise, unless it’s from someone whom I actually respect or whose esteem is useful to me.  I loathe being seen as average or boring, but fortunately that happens to me very infrequently, unless I’m trying to cultivate that impression.

Relevant story:  One time my partner and I were casually roasting each other, and she called me a Honda Civic.  One of the most cutting and concise burns she’s ever hit me with.  I was as impressed as I was insulted.

We have fun.

can i just rant about this right now because i’m still never over how marksha is the one who set up lucifer’s portrayal and how misha played lucifer exactly like how marksha did yet this flop af fandom hated misha’s performance. and then on top of that praised j—-’s performance even though he intentionally played lucifer nothing like marksha, y'know, the person who set up how lucifer’s portrayed. rmfe.

Astrology Characters for Stories


Aries:
Your hero. Your fun loving wild child. The woman in a male dominated field. Your sportsman. Your adrenaline junkie. Your catalyst for chaos
Expresses as excitable, decisive, unpredictable, defender, destructor, antagonist, revolutionary  
The Aries character is youthful, brave, competitive, and will do anything to win. A character with a strong will and even stronger body to follow. A character who triggers chaos to ease their own boredom. 
Likes wearing red. Has an equally fun loving and energetic dog that is adored. A character that is capable of working under high pressure situations like paramedicine or emergencies. 
A character that is fighting for her cause. Mars is the ruler of Aries and corresponds with accidents, a character that displays remarkable inner strength to recover from a trauma. A character who won’t hesitate charging into danger to save somebody. Wonder Woman. 

Taurus
Your figure of beauty. Your desired one. Your affluent one. The stylish artist. Your business owner. Your hippie. Your hopeless romantic. 
Expresses as socially graceful and considerate. May be very indulgent. A character who knows how to enjoy the good things in life. A socialite. A character who loves throwing dinner parties. A savvy business woman with elegance, beauty, and sass. A character longing for traditional, classical romance in a world that seems to have forgotten what that is. A character who suffers financial instabilities. 
Has a taste for the aesthetic. Loves to stylise. A character who can play instruments or write music. The beautiful girl next door. A character working at the art gallery longing for her portraits to be on the wall. A woman who runs the floors of Wall Street with her stunning heels and pink blazer.  

Gemini
Your main voice. Your student. Your teacher. Your intellect. Your author. Your gossip. Your talkative barista. Your school starter 
Expresses as clever, charming, and a little cunning. A unpredictable character. Your character who shuts down debate instantly with wicked wit. She could be comedic. She may speak many languages. She may be a professional student. A character who is the ‘go to’ when people have questions. A character who is always using her phone. A character who seems to know everything about everyone. A character that you never quite figure out what the real intention was.
Likes to wear fresh, cute and youthful outfits. A character who takes off in a moment’s notice, and plays the devil’s advocate. A character who is underestimated due to her scattered and erratic behaviour but solves great codes or crimes or mysteries. Fyi. Sherlock Holmes was a Gemini 

Cancer:
Your mystical fantasy. The adored child of the family. Your first time mother. Your People’s Princess. Your Queen Mother. Your witch or sorceress. The family matriarch 
Expresses emotional and maternal qualities, often moody, easily provoked, imaginative, and nostalgic 
The Cancer character is protective. She could be a psychic or receive messages from crossed ancestors. 
Likes wearing darker hues. Maybe also a cross. A character who may be lost in time or attempting to run or heal from her past, one who makes admirable sacrifices. This character prefers to be home with loved ones and retains traditional values. She may live in a house the family has had for decades, probably haunted. Very caring and sensitive, could be a nurse, counsellor, or work with children. A character who has a vivid and intriguing inner life that is shut off to others. A character who is reuniting with her family or meeting her mother for the first time. 

Leo: 
Your starring role. Your Queen. Your dramatic teenager. Your aspiring actor or artist. Your Prince Charming.
Expresses the graces and faults of youth, playfulness and fun, leadership and dignity. The Leo character is noble, honest, strong willed, and creative. This is the one who lights up the room. Well liked, but sometimes misunderstood.She may live in a palace, a place of privilege, or more likely a chic and stylish decorated apartment with her prized animal.
Likes wearing gold. Will go into battle. But gets very wounded in battle.
A character who is trying to feel comfortable in her own skin, a character who expresses with pride and confidence but is secretly very unsure, a character who has overcome all the odds to reach their dreams and rule the world in some form

Virgo
Your intellectual progeny. Your puzzle master. Your dedicated and deserving labourer. Your problem solver. Your domestic eccentric.
Expresses as competent but self doubtful, has perfectionist tendencies, is very helpful and knowledgable, can be socially awkward in conversation until she is completely comfortable. A character who has odd rituals or phobias. A character who is a nurse or a nursing student. A character who has gruelling self expectation and goes to extremes. A character suffering a health crisis or a character who solves medical mysteries. A character who is special and can decipher number riddles and patterns 
Appearance can be very primed to perfection. The home can have a unique, very personal set up that reflects deeply ingrained rituals, it may be 
A character who is under appreciated. A character who carries out secret acts of altruism. Bree on Desperate Housewives is a good but extreme example of a Virgo character 

Libra 
The King’s daughter. Your object of desire. Your hopeless romantic. Your sweetheart. Your lawyer. Your court room darling. Your heartbreaker 
Expresses as sociable and friendly. Is easily well liked but has quite intense self doubt. Can routinely fall dangerously in love because of her vivid fantasy life. The friend everyone calls when they need a hand, an ear, or a heart. 
A character who crumbles when she is alone. A character who runs a law firm and throws the best parties like she has a day and night personality. 
A character who sacrifices everything for love. A character who has dreamed of her wedding since she was a child. A character who has a gleaning, blissful, classical image of romance in her mind. A character who is written off for her femininity or ideals but has a blade on her tongue during debate and slices just about anyone. 
Well styled, complementary dressed, nothing outlandish but nothing boring. Likes to accessorise. Home is cordially decorated and symmetrical. 
A character who is forced to choose between her head and her heart. A character who is fighting injustice against a big corporation or government. A dancer who is forced to choose between love and her art 

Scorpio
Your anointed one. Your gifted one. Your medium. Your seducer. Your revealer. Your hidden catalyst. Your troubled one. 
Expresses as secretive, knowledgable, calculative, sensitive, and intense. Can easily throw off weaker characters. Can be the intriguing object of desire. A character who is a detective. A character who can read people’s minds. A character who doesn’t trust other people. Scorpio is watery and medicinal, the character could be a grand healer or crone. A character who is a witch or gets involved in dark occult. A character who is forced to undergo psychoanalysis but systematically erodes the mind of the psychiatrist in the process. 
Lives in the house down the end of the street with the forbidding black fence and cemetery gates with a pet crow 
A character who uncovers conspiracies or government corruption. A character who follows the trail of serial killers and never fails. A character who assists dead people crossing over. A character that is instantly respected regardless of social skills. A character who can’t help but seduce unsuspecting victims 

Sagittarius
Your free spirit. Your jet setter. Your foreigner. Your student. Your professor. Your life of the party. Your pilgrim. Your comic. Your philanthropist. Your genie in a bottle 
Expresses as fun loving, provocative, knowledgeable, open minded, pleasure seeking. A character who has a remarkable change of fortune. A character who celebrates culture, freedom, and life. A character who can provoke tension due to her sharp honesty.  A character that wanders endlessly but doesn’t want to be found. A character that lives out of her suitcase and wears flowers in her hair and follows the festivals around. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius so this character has numerous lucky breaks. 
Earthy, festive, and bohemian styling, cool and casual 
A character that never gives her real name or address, aspiring to escape the memories and confines of her home town. A character that experiences an enlightenment and goes completely off the grid. A character who falls in love abroad or meets a guru with profound spiritual truths, a character on a journey

Capricorn
Your Cinderella story. Your rags to riches Princess. Your leader. Your corporate ruler. Your battler. Your old soul. Your matriarch or patriarch. 
Expresses as focused, resourceful, dedicated, loyal, overcomes the odds, graceful, elegant, powerful , formidable 
A character who proves herself against the odds. A character who inspires and leads the way while secretly doubting herself. A character who is a master or expertise of their trade. A character that missed out on childhood. A character with an absent father. A character who has generated remarkable wisdom during her short time on earth. A character who can stop or change time. A character that owns a clock with everyone’s date of mortality.
Appearance is sharp, classical, elegant, conservative, dapper 
May live in a noted part of town or in a well known building considering Capricorn’s social prestige. A character who relentlessly chases her dream. A character who expires through her story from heartache to success. A teacher. A business woman. An expert on intricate statistics. A character who feels like death is always chasing her 

Aquarius 
Your genius. Your eccentric. Your mad professor. Your enigmatic air fairy. Your revolutionary. Your conspiracist. Your misfit. 
Expresses as highly intelligent, peculiar, outlandish, compassionate, unpredictable, free spirited, intriguing. A character who is relentless and frenetic about proving her unorthodox theories. A radical protestor. An environmental warrior. A character with secret alien friends. A character that experiments with everything with natural style and flair. Unusual or striking appearance, a teal haired character with purple contacts 
Aquarius is a character who has a lot of friends and appreciates unity. A character who inspires other people to join her plight against an injustice. A character from a small part of the world given nothing but a voice to change the world. A character who indulges in the Aquarian utopia that has been created in the near future 

Pisces 
Your inspiration. Your salient chameleon. Your lover. Your sacrifice. Your Fairy Godmother. Your mythical creature
Expresses as highly sensitive, emotional, withdrawing, creative, mysterious, tempting, and delirious. A character who is spiritual and has psychic gifts. A character that listens to fairies. A character who dreams herself into new worlds every night. The Pisces character is gifted, multifaceted, receptive, and intuitive. She can instantly tell if somebody is happy or sad before they say anything at all so she knows all the time that people lie.
Styled in darker or purple hues with thick coated mascara. Wears a cross or a symbol. Lives alone because she needs to escape from people. A character who is trying to support and heal people from their mental illness while suffering it herself. A character that receives frequent psychic prophecies. A character who can see what other people can’t. A character that deals with inhuman experiences in a human world. A healer, a witch doctor, a medicine woman, an evangelist 

-C. 

 

@other POC

if you get into a relationship, even an intimate friendship, with a white person you better set up a payment plan for the amount energy it takes to be constantly vigilant for times when you’re going to have to hand-hold them away from actions and ideas that are literally destructive towards you and your people.  It’s a free education y’all be providing these people half the time - and that doesn’t make sense. And no, don’t ever think you have a “good” or “woke” one that’s an exception. They will fuck up.

A Wrinkle In Time is The Most Amazing™

So you may have heard that the best Chris™ will be in a new Disney film coming up. Or perhaps you know that the director of 13th, Ava DuVernay is the first black woman to be given a $100m budget to make this movie. Or maybe you just saw the boss ass picture of Oprah in her full makeup.

Whatever it is, you’ve probably heard that this movie is happening. Now, I assume that many of you read the book growing up like I did, but in case you didn’t, I here to tell you why it is The Most Amazing™

1. It is a SMART sci-fi novel for children. It doesn’t pander. It is complex and goes into a lot of cutting edge science (from the 60’s when it was published) and was almost rejected because it was considered too “adult.”

2. It has a 12 year old female protagonist. Back in the 60’s you didn’t have a lot of women and girls as the leads of anything, and certainly not leads in a sci-fi world. But meet Meg Murray, the fucking best. She is totally subversive of so many tropes that males usually inhabit (angry and acts out because of an absent father, oldest sibling responsibility, etc.) , plus her own set of personality traits and struggles that just make her a really wonderful well rounded character. This is another reason why 20 something publishers rejected it back in the day. Also in case you didn’t hear STORM REID (12 Years A Slave) IS PLAYING HER AND I AM HYPE FOR THIS.

3.It’s a really beautiful marriage of science, magic, and religion. Meg is assisted by three Witches who guide her along a journey across time and space and they respect all three of these things, which I think is pretty remarkable. Plus, this means that the majority of the main characters are women.

4.It introduces children to the idea that their relationships with their parents will be complicated. While Meg loves her father (portrayed by Chris Pine) she comes to see that he, as all other authority figures are imperfect and that she must solve some things herself. Once again, the theme of a young woman claiming her own agency is a powerful one, and its accomplished in a really nuanced way.

5.Meg isn’t good at everything and that’s ok. The narrative reenforces that no one is perfect or good at everything but everyone has their own value and strength that uplift others. Meg begins the story feeling frustrated she isn’t as athletic as her 11 year old twin brothers, or a genius like her parents or 5 year old brother. She has another scene where it shows she struggles with the fact she isn’t nearly as remarkably beautiful as her mother (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) but in the end she learns her own talents still matter.

6.Lastly, it teaches that empathy, compassion, and love, are all strengths. I know were all reveling in Wonder Woman and how it had the theme that you can be both powerful and kind, strong and loving, so guess what YOURE GUNNA LOVE THIS STORY.

I’d really recommend checking out the book, and of course SUPPORTING THE HELL OUTTA THE MOVIE. I promise, it’s going to be something truly special.

Mars - The inner fire
  • Mars in Aries: Imagination and intuitive idealism, reckless defiance and rose petals of daggers await the Mars in Aries person as she sets foot on the battlefield. Mars is ruled by Aries and creates a ferocious storm with a smouldering expression, a deep fire inside filled with passion, desire, sexual power, and lava whipped warrior expression. She is brave, filled with infinite energies at her disposal, and susceptible to a volatile emotional nature.
  • Mars in Taurus: The wind blowing through the petals, the elemental rage of storms, the placid sequence of nature rhythms - these are all energizing sources for Mars in Taurus. The individual could be perceived as lethargic because she adopts the steady, calculative, and enduring pace of mother earth. There is a steady energy generated by the individual that is dispersed like the lyrics of the universe, sweet, melodic, lethargic, and everlasting.
  • Mars in Gemini: The Mars in Gemini person can be a tremendous debater, and use the sword of words to confront the battle of Mars. There is an incredible flow of ideas and vocal acuity, and the individual can become over excited in learning environments. When the mind is content the body feels refreshed.
  • Mars in Cancer: There are supernatural ripples triggered by the shifts of the Moon and the eruption of course, overwhelming and erratic energy levels that coincide closely with the current emotional state. Much of the resources utilized by the individual will be poured into establishing a sanctuary of comfort, support, interpersonal nurturing and negating extremes to avoid conflict or confrontation.
  • Mars in Leo: Mars in Leo people shine the sun on the battlefield, and she is brilliantly confident, amorous, gracious, fierce, explosive and exuberant. She is the Queen who knows how to rule with command and grace. When she is in love, the whole world knows about it, because her heart roars and her spirit spindles flames into gold.
  • Mars in Virgo: Mars in Virgo people are energized by their own mindfulness, the exploration through the temple of the body, the feeling of physical touch, the sensational bliss of thoughts rumbling through the mind. The individual generates powerful mental energies and stays fixed and focused in midst of chaos. This quiet, constant, and enduring inertia generates over long periods and can spill into nervous tension, stresses, and anxieties.
  • Mars in Libra: Mars in Libra people are socially energized and enjoy initiating gatherings and social encounters. Th individual is skilled at problem solving and conflict management, motivated by the need to instal tranquility amongst collaborations. Art, music, fashion and literature are charming pursuits for Mars in Libra, and many people born under this placement summon incredible resources of creative talent and energy.
  • Mars in Scorpio: Mars in Scorpio people are willing to charge and tumble headfirst into dark hidden hollows. There is something erotic about the secretive. If you manage to break down the barriers the Mars in Scorpio erects around her heart, be careful you don’t shatter it, because a broken Mars in Scorpio heart is powerful enough to cause earthquakes and hurricanes. She makes a formidable enemy to those who wrong her, and those who harm those she holds closely.
  • Mars in Sagittarius: A dazzling wildlife burns a spectacular halo through the Mars in Sagittarius spirit. Energy is directed through the thighs and circulated through the active and rambunctious mind. She quivers her bow and arrow toward the bursts of stars in the distance, her vision is tremendous and her dreams are far ranging and enterprising.
  • Mars in Capricorn: The battlefield planet steers the stern mountain goat in the direction of fiery and disciplined ambition, unwavering tenacity and the manifestation of fantasy into reality. Mars in Capricorn personalities charge headfirst into the direction of their dreams and exude a surging recklessness in their urgency to succeed, achieve, weave the tapestry of dreams, and dissolve opposition
  • Mars in Aquarius: Mars in Aquarius are energized by the promotion of progression and revolution and scatter their love amongst humanity in a detached and impersonal way. The natural course for them is to restrict all authority and ignore their plights of their elders, garnering their innovative thought streams and creating practical particle. Their rebellious nature can act to isolate themselves from others, and these individuals often view themselves as separate from society or wider humanity as a whole
  • Mars in Pisces: The emotional state reflects energy distribution in Mars in Pisces. Pisces is a sign known for its moods and instabilities. The experience of divine elation can energize and enthuse the individual, while melancholic states are lethargic and sleepy. And emotions are amplified with Mars in Pisces, because its like the longings of the heart fuse with the ferocity of Mars.
Harry Styles, who plays another young private in the film, says that he took strength from observing Nolan lead by example. 'The biggest thing I learned from making this movie is that Chris doesn’t sit down. Any time there was a break it was because he knew everyone else needed one. He would always be the first person on set and the last to leave. He’s not sat in some warm tent watching everything on a monitor, he’s really out there doing it, mucking in with everyone.‘
—  Little White Lies: The Dunkirk Issue
50 ideas for a Grimoire

I collected these ideas (and others) from different sources. What you see here is what I think would be interesting to put in my Grimoire (because apparently people need to be told these things).

1 ) decorations ; a personalized cover (with a picture of the moon, a pentagram, your patronus or something else, or maybe just a nice flowery design or leather cover), using a glitter pen and stickers, pressing flowers between the pages, drawing, taping photos and other visual ideas.

2 ) protection sigil on the reverse of the cover (so people won’t read it without your authorization)

3 ) your craft name and your reason for choosing it

4 ) how you define your path, can include coven rules, the tradition(s) you follow and/or a personal set of magickal rules

5 ) wheel of the year / rituals you observe as the year passes

6 ) dedication to one or several deities you worship (or alternatively, what your relationship with deities is like, whether it’s a specific deity or deities in general)

7 ) on that note, myths and information regarding gods, godesses and deities that could be useful for you

8 ) moon phases, their correspondences and what they’re good and bad for

9 ) elements and their correspondences (including the minor arcana of tarot)

10 ) recipes. not just kitchen witchcraft recipes, but also potions, beauty and cleaning products, natural remedies, powders, salts for a bath, oils, etc.

11 ) herbs/plants/flowers and their correspondences

12 ) runes and their meaning

13 ) crystals and crystal grids

14 ) spells, of course

15 ) divination (tarot spreads and cheatsheet, pendulum, scrying, astrology, etc.)

16 ) a pendulum board

17 ) dream diary

18 ) ancestors ; where they are from, specific people you wish to honour, family tree, pictures, location of graves, etc.

19 ) familiars

20 ) tools in your practice

21 ) list of charges, wards, sigils, spells, wards and enchanted items you have currently active

22 ) sigils and how to make them

23 ) spirit work

24 ) color correspondences

25 ) chakras

26 ) myths, myhtological creatures and legends

27 ) folk tales from your zone

28 ) family traditions

29 ) your views on the afterlife

30 ) binding/banishing and your experience with it

31 ) a portrait of your shadow self (let’s get jungian)

32 ) fictional and/or real witches you admire

33 ) past lives, if you know of any

34 ) how to contact you from the afterlife after you’re dead

35 ) psychic abilities

36 ) pop culture magick

37 ) photos of nature

38 ) your own alphabet or secret code

39 ) a letter to yourself in the future and/or the past

40 ) altars and altar planning

41 ) magickal moments of your life

42 ) smells of witchcraft you love

43 ) descriptions of places from astral travel or meditations

44 ) reasons you started to be a witch, magickal goals

45 ) letter to a deity, an ancestor, etc.

46 ) what your followers would leave you as offerings if you were a deity

47 ) draw or collage your own tarot card(s) ; you can make them more diverse than the original!

48 ) creae a magickal creature that would be your familiar

49 ) spiritual diary (how a spell did or didn’t work, or a tarot reading, for example)

50 ) a shiny page to scry with

Tips for driving while autistic

I feel like a lot of autistic people have a lot of trouble driving and getting their license. For many people that’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with that, y'all are valid in every possible way. Unfortunately, many of us live in cities where public transportation might as well not exist, in food deserts, in situations where we do not have people who can drive us places, in cities which make bike riding life-threatening and sometimes illegal. I would like to reiterate: there is absolutely nothing wrong with not being able to drive. The fucked up thing is a system which forces people to drive. This is intended to be suggestions for autistic people in similar situations to mine: in a food desert, no public transit, not enough money to pay for uber, etc.

Tips for driving while autistic and things to be prepared for:

-if you start dissociating and don’t feel that you can drive safely, pull over if you can. If there’s no clear place to pull over, get as far to the side as possible and turn your hazards on (this is the button with two red triangles, one inside of the other)

-keep plenty of water in the car. Keep food in the car too, but to prevent mice and rats from being tempted to investigate, keep the food in tightly sealed containers.

-if you miss the turn, it’s ok. I promise, it’s ok. Just take the next turn. Usually you’ll still be able to get to your destination by taking the next turn, and if not, it’ll give you a chance to pull over and re-evaluate or turn around.

-people will use some body language to indicate what they are intending to do. A waving hand means, “you go ahead of me.” A still hand, palm out means, “I’ll go first/thank you.”

-if you’re driving down a street too narrow for two cars, and you meet a car going in the opposite direction, just pull over for a second. Or if it’s super narrow, someone may have to back out of the street. It’s not a big deal. Try to be nice in those situations and they usually will be too. For that matter, sometimes I have to swerve slightly into the lane of incoming traffic because of bicycles and that happens too. People around you will do their best to compensate, but try to make sure you’re giving them enough time and warning for them to compensate (use your turn signal or hazards and spend as little time in the wrong lane as possible).

-no one wants to crash. Usually if you do something stupid the people around you will compensate and avoid you, although you might get some honks and middle fingers (yeah, mentally prepare for that)

-in terms of speed limit, it’s usually better to match the cars around you. The actual speed on a road is usually about 5mph over the posted speed limit.

-it doesn’t matter if you are going 15mph over the speed limit. There are still assholes who will tailgate you. (Meaning they will drive really close behind your car attempting to intimidate you into driving faster) The key thing to remember is that they also don’t want to crash, which means all they will do is intimidate. Because I’m an asshole and I hate tailgaters, I usually slow down when someone starts tailgating me. Remember: do not start driving faster. Police will ticket the person in front (aka you) because that person is “setting the speed” and they will not ticket the tailgater.

-parking is stressful, especially in downtown areas. Be prepared to wander for a while looking for parking and factor that into your drive time.

-some places no longer require you to learn to parallel park. Please learn anyway if you feel able. It will make finding parking a lot easier later on.

-bicycles will always be where you least expect them. Always. Especially if it’s illegal for them to be there. Just be prepared for them being anywhere and everywhere and not following the laws of traffic at all.

-the first time it rains or snows in the fall/winter, literally everyone will have forgotten how to drive. It’s a thing. Be prepared for the roads to be chaotic

-the most difficult part is the test itself. That’s the part where you disregard everything I’ve said about how driving actually works and just obey the letter of the law the best you can. Don’t forget you can retake the test if need be. Also, there will often be reviews online talking about which DMV in your area has the easiest test route.

-I try to do meditation breathing a lot while I’m driving under stressful circumstances. It’s very helpful for me

I hope this is helpful. If anyone else has any other tips for driving while autistic, I would be glad to hear them.

Edit: I can’t believe I forgot this! I’ve found that certain types of stimming can be somewhat dangerous while driving. I’d say chewing stims are fine, vocal stims are cool, but I would hold off on the visual and physical motion stims until you’ve had quite a bit of driving practice. Auditory stims are somewhat ok, but be careful to make sure you can still hear sirens and stuff (also earbuds/headphones while driving are illegal in many places)

-turn signals can basically function as a way of telling people around you “hey, pay attention! I’m about to do something!” Even if you’re just changing lanes or are swerving around an open car door you can use them to communicate that people should be ready for you to do something unexpected.

-traffic will stop much more quickly than you expect. Always keep an eye on the brake lights ahead of you.

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Still can’t figure out colors to save my damn life.
I headcanon that the reason Erina never re-married is because she could never find another man who could reach the impossibly high standards of both personality & physique set by Jonathan Joestar.

You know, I’ve been thinking – Misha always says that the writers began changing his character the more they saw his personality come through on set – so Castiel went from this stone cold badass, to this shy, bumbling do-gooder. But … that doesn’t really make sense because Misha isn’t shy about anything; and yeah … he can be a bit awkward but he’s usually being sarcastic and witty and having the time of his life just fucking with people.

So where’s the disconnect? What are the writers seeing that we’re not? What’s on set that would make Misha such a shy,  humble and charming little doofus that the people in charge would reshape his entire character?

Oh,  okay. Yep … I get it now.

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A UK mosque was set on fire just hours after the Manchester bombing

  • Several hours after a detonated bomb killed at least 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, a mosque nearby was reportedly set ablaze, according to the Independent.
  • An unidentified person or persons set fire to the door of the Jamia Qasmia Zahidia Islamic Center in Oldham, about 7 miles from Manchester. 
  • A police spokeswoman told the Independent that authorities received a phone call reporting an arson attack around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
  •  The spokeswoman also said there were no injuries from the fire and the incident is currently under investigation. Read more (5/24/17)

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Imagine Person A and Person B are dating, but they must keep their relationship a secret because Person B does not meet the standards set by Person A’s family. When Person A accidentally tells their family that they aren’t single, they and Person B scramble to find someone that meets the family’s requirements that Person A can fake date. Eventually, they ask Person C, who is an acquaintance of both of them, and Person C agrees.

They are well-received by A’s family and are asked to come back. In between dates, they hang out with Person B a lot and become good friends. As the act drags on, it becomes easier for C to pretend to date A, but it becomes much harder for C to deny their growing feelings for A. Overwhelmed with guilt at their feelings, Person C talks with Person A and B and apologizes, only to discover that Person A and B were about to ask them if they would be interested in a polyamorous relationship.